11 E. 3rd Street,
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The historic Rourke Opera House was originally built in 1912 as a playhouse, later renamed Rourke Theatre it had 768 seats. It was purchased in 1939 by the Fox Intermountain Theaters Inc. chain and converted to a movie theater renamed Fox Theater with 800 seats.
The movie house remained open until the mid-1980’s, when it closed for renovations which included the sad, but inevitable, twinning of the theater with seating for 159 and 96.
Following the conversion, the theater remained open until April 2001, when owner and operator Terry Smith decided to sell the theater.
He found a willing buyer in Winston Evans, who has been in the exhibition industry for 45 years, and once owned several theaters around southern California. Evans took over the day-to-day operations of the historic movie theater a month later and the theater has remained open ever since.
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